MOOSIC, Pa. â€“ What is the PawSoxâ€™ response to all the injuries and call-ups currently sweeping through the clubhouse? In the immortal words of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, â€śjust win baby.â€ť
On a day that saw the promotion of shortstop phenom Jose Iglesias to Boston, the PawSox maintained their winning edge, besting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 5-4, at PNC Field. The victory allows second-place Pawtucket (17-13) to move within a half-game of Scranton, the top team in the I.L. North. The PawSox wound up taking the four-game series, 3-1.
PawSox starter Brandon Duckworth picked up his team-best fourth win after allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings. The veteran righthander struck out five while walking just one.
Pawtucket trailed 5-4 in the sixth before Lars Anderson plated Josh Reddick on a force out. The PawSox broke the tie in the seventh as Daniel Nava came through with a two-out single to score Matt Sheely, who moved into scoring position after swiping second base.
Reliever Dennis Neumann, just up from Single-A Greenville, made his PawSox debut on Sunday, tossing a scoreless eighth and ninth en route to picking up the save. Scranton (17-12) placed two on with two out in the last of the ninth, but Neumann got a force out to end game.
Drew Sutton took Iglesiasâ€™ spot at shortstop and promptly went 2-for-4 with a double and a run. Lars Anderson and Reddick each went 1-for-4 with a RBI while Nate Spears drove in two runs.
Pawtucket added two players to the roster Sunday as OF Ronald Bermudez was promoted from High-A Salem in addition to Neumann. The moves temporarily placed the PawSox at the roster limit of 23, but the team played one down on Sunday after Iglesias was called up.
The status of relief pitcher Scott Atchison figures to be clarified on Monday. The veteran pitcher was optioned to the minors on Friday but could not automatically rejoin the PawSox due to a stipulation that reads as follows: if a player made his big-league debut more than five years ago and still has options remaining â€“ Atchison has one option left â€“ he must first be exposed to waivers.
Pawtucket kicks off an eight-game homestand Monday night with the first of four against the Gwinnett Braves. Felix Doubront will make his fourth start since rejoining the PawSox. The lefty has yet to post a decision. The Junior Yankees will visit McCoy Stadium for a four-game set beginning this Friday.